French-style barbecue helps building fund

Parents and children from Beamsley's Boyle and Petyt School receive a cheque from Adam Cox of Yorkshire Pianos (on the far left), foundation governor Colin Crabtree and headteacher Imogen Addy

Parents and children from Beamsley's Boyle and Petyt School receive a cheque from Adam Cox of Yorkshire Pianos (on the far left), foundation governor Colin Crabtree and headteacher Imogen Addy

First published in News Craven Herald: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Editor

FUNDRAISING for a new building for pre-school children at Boyle and Petyt Primary School, Beamsley, hit a high note - thanks to a local company.

For the Grand Depart, the Yorkshire Pianos wheeled out a grand piano from their premises to the side of the A59 and pianist Emmanual Vass played as a French-style barbecue took place.

All members of the community were invited and 150 locals walked and cycled to the event to watch the Tour de France pass in style to the accompaniment of the pianist.

A total of £1,106 was raised for the building project.

At the moment, due to restrictions of space, the pre-school can only meet in the morning - as the hall is used as a dining room at lunchtime and then for PE, music and drama lessons in the afternoon.

"We would like pre-school to have their own building where they can educate and care for children from two to four all day," said Carol Downs, administrator for the Boyle and Petyt Foundation which looks after the school buildings.

It wants to turn existing dilapidated sheds in the school grounds into a new purpose built pre-school facility and the project has been costed at £150,000.

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